Phil Hellmuth Wins 15th WSOP Bracelet

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Jul/12/2018

Phil Hellmuth has just won his 15th World Series of Poker bracelet, breaking his own record in the process.

Hellmuth, 53, won Event #71 of the 2018 WSOP, $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em (30 minute levels).

Fellow poker pro Mike Matusow tweeted:

Is-not that won his 15th that is impressive it's that he keeps winning every 3 yrs and no matter how good wizards get he keeps winning and all they do is disrespect and tell him how bad he is which is disgraceful. Maybe they should see all the good things he does

“For me personally, I was forced to take more time off. I have a little atrial fibrillation which I went public with. It's not a big thing; forty percent of people over sixty have it, but it made me take a lot more days off.”

Hellmuth fully credited Wolansky with excellent play throughout the final table, especially during heads-up play. "He wouldn't give an inch. I knew he wouldn't give an inch," said Hellmuth. "I had to start thinking, 'Alright, how do I want to handle this?' I'm going to have to steal more pots against him to give myself a chance, because he's just not giving a chip away, he's making it really tough and I can't blink first, either."

Hellmuth also freely talked about the incident during the WSOP Main Event a few days ago involving opponent James Campbell, wherein Hellmuth launched an outsized rant mid-hand that may or may not have affected later action. (Campbell busted in the hand, after a Hellmuth fold.) Social-media criticism led Hellmuth to reexamine the episode, and Hellmuth voluntarily put up the $10,000 to put Campbell into the 2019 Main Event.

“I was completely out of line,” Hellmuth acknowledged. “It was the second to last hand of the day, but that doesn't matter. But I was completely out of line; this guy had re-raised me like fifteen times. James Campbell – he and I had been texting back and forth! A lot! … When I went to be that night, I said, 'Let me take one more look at social media, and I realized I may have cost, may have affected his tournament. I was going to be, and instead I went to the couch, and I spent two hours on social media. I couldn't sleep, I felt so bad.

- Ace King, Gambling911.com

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